Friday, December 7, 2018

Why Should You Read A Dreadful Fairy Book?


A clever sprite knows it's important to understand words when dealing with magical creatures. Shade happens to be a clever sprite. Though she's from a  place in the Merry Forest called Pleasant Hollow, she isn't like the other flashy, boisterous sprites in her village. Shade reads books, and flying makes her stomach feel wobbly. Her father was a book collector, and even though everyone in town said they were a strange family for reading when they could've be merry-making, she never cared. When a firework display goes awry in the forest and burns down her home with all of her precious books, including her book, a very special one her parents gave her before they died, Shade is so dingle-dangle angry she decides to leave Pleasant Hollow to find another home. She sifts through the charred remains of her possessions and finds one book intact. It's a guide to the fairy world by an author named Stinkletoe Radishbottom. Book in hand, Shade sets off on a journey to find a place where she can read as much as she wants for the rest of her life— a place where she'd be a happy sprite in her own book-filled home.

But, as with any journey comes peril, and Shade encounters some tricky characters on her quest to find books. Luckily, with Radishbottom's help, she's able to see truth through lies and finds herself teaming up with a variety of unique characters, who she's never truly certain if they're on her side. Will Shade be able to navigate the befuddling fairy world and find her books? You'll have to fall into this fascinating fairy tale to find out.

 Quentin Q. Quacksworth, Esq.


Narrated by Quentin Q. Quacksworth, Esq., A Dreadful Fairy Book by Jon Etter will whisk you off into a magical world where you'll find goblin markets, troll bridges, and enchanted forests all occupied by host of colorful voices. But, as the narrator would tell you, this is a dreadful fairy book, and readers should beware.



I enjoyed A Dreadful Fairy Book. Shade is smart and funny, and it was easy to relate to her character.  I especially liked her fairy swearing. Here's a line I think is creative (Shade is swindled out of a hotel room at the goblin market).

"All right, you shifty slug-licker! You'll be donkled four ways when I get the law on you."

I also found the references to beloved fairy tale characters entertaining and was happy to learn about a few new ones that I hadn't heard of before. The writing and world building are well done, and it was easy to visualize the different situations Shade found herself involved with on her adventure. I would recommend this book to readers eight and up who love fantasy characters and immersing themselves in a fresh magical world— though there were dreadful parts that I won't mention, but the narrator has given you fair warning about that. 😉

Has anyone else read A Dreadful Fairy Book? We'd love to hear your thoughts!

Happy reading!

~L

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26 comments:

  1. It sounds right up my alley. And how I would love to meet a bookaholic sprite.

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  2. Sounds like a great one indeed. Finding her books is a must.

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  3. This sounds like BIG fun, I love those fairy swear words! Hugs, Valerie

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    1. Valerie- I agree! Aren't they great! :) ~L

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  4. I dig the name of the author in the book - now that's funny.

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  5. I love a book about fairies, sounds magical of course !

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  6. A book reading fairy, you don't get much better a character than this. What sounds like a truly magical book, I'm away to add it to my Wish List.

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    1. Tracy- Hope you enjoy it. A book reading fairy is hard to resist! :) ~L

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  7. Now I want to call someone a slug licker. lol

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    1. Mary- Lol! I'd love to see their face afterwards. :) ~L

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  8. I love those fairy swear words...
    Sounds a good book.

    Happy Weekend to you.

    All the best Jan

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  9. This book sounds great! Something I would love to read!! Thank you for sharing! Have a great weekend! Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow- You are welcome! It is a great book. :) ~L

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  10. I like the sounds of this book. Must check into it. Thanks.

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  11. I like this book. I will be checking into it. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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    1. New Release Books- I really enjoyed it. Hope you do too! :) ~L

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  12. The M reminds me of belle with everyone thinkg their family is strange and her loving books. The summary took a turn to what I thought this book would have in it but I think that the journey to find a new home will be an interesting one.
    I wonder what the other fairies/sprite (are they the same thing?) mean by merry-making.
    This really made me want to read Tinkerbell and more fairy books. Lovely review as always girls.

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    1. Thanks, Adriana- I can see how the book made you think of Belle and Tinkerbell. It is a really fun read and I enjoyed getting to know some of the different fairies. A great read! :) ~L

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  13. Ha :D This book seems pretty cute and fun. Maybe not for me, but I'm curious about it even so :D Lovely review sweetie. <3 Glad you loved this one :)

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